Poetry festival: Grand slam for Africa

2014-10-05 15:00

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There’s a riveting line-up at the 18th Poetry Africa festival in Durban this year.

The event is looking fiercely political, strongly feminist and gratefully Pan-African. If you thought the form was outmoded and dull, get down to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre and prepare to eat your words.

There’s a hugely diverse range of styles on offer by 24 poets from 13 countries. #Trending’s picks?

.?I guess one shouldn’t miss US headliner Buddy Wakefield,?world­-famous slam ­poet.

.?It’s going to be fascinating to see Thuli ­Zuma on home turf in a fiercely ­political?session.?She’s Number 1’s daughter and dad will no doubt be the target of barbed words.

.?Nigerian activist AJ ­Dagga Tolar will be sure to burn down the house.

.?Mozambique’s Féling Capela makes beautiful ­accompanying sounds on multiple instruments.

.?Kenya’s Raya Wambui is deliciously political. – Charl Blignaut

Poetry Africa runs in Durban from October 13 to 17 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. The festival finale will be at the at ­Rivertown Beerhall on October 18

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